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#1 manmadelebo

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Posted 25 November 2010 - 01:05 PM

hey guys, just joined this site seems cool.
i started going for squid around wharfs, Most of the Serious guys there get them on every throw where i can only lure in about 1-2 in a night which is pretty dull, ive been told its my gear as im using a Tiny cheap rod, And jigs that costed $5,
i want to get serious with this as already im HOOKED and seems to be better then fishing and ive been fishing for 18 years of my life,
what gear should i be looking at, meaning im not expecting to catch Huge squid but i want them to get jigged and not squit off and loose them as i keep doing. what size jigs, what type of rod and reel?
any help would be Muchly appreciated!
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#2 squidderman dan

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 01:56 PM

hey guys, just joined this site seems cool.
i started going for squid around wharfs, Most of the Serious guys there get them on every throw where i can only lure in about 1-2 in a night which is pretty dull, ive been told its my gear as im using a Tiny cheap rod, And jigs that costed $5,
i want to get serious with this as already im HOOKED and seems to be better then fishing and ive been fishing for 18 years of my life,
what gear should i be looking at, meaning im not expecting to catch Huge squid but i want them to get jigged and not squit off and loose them as i keep doing. what size jigs, what type of rod and reel?
any help would be Muchly appreciated!



hey. the first advice i can give you is to buy quality jigs, Yo-zuri, yamashita, shimano, diawa, harimitsu, kanji and the list goes on. go to any good tackle store and have alook for jigs around the 20 dollar mark with a japanese name.

as for the rod, you need a long wippy rod and graphite will help you feel every thing. how much are you looking at spending? you can get a deticated squidding rod and reel for 400 dollars.

it depends on where you live on the size of your jig. go in to a very good tackle store and have a chat to the guys about what area you are going to fish and they will offer some good advice.
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#3 Ado

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Posted 30 November 2010 - 02:48 PM

G'day mate.

Yes Jig quality will affect you some times but its not the main factor you want to address, I've been out fished by mates giving them Cheapo $2 squid jigs not letting them use my Yama's and Harimitsu's yet they've grossly out fished me, same with fishing by myself... more squid on the good ole El-Cheapo Ebay squid jigs, so the one bit of advice I can give to you is don't just buy expensive squid jigs. Good colours for me are Blue, Pink, Brown and Orange... you'll definitely want alot of colour choices. Always search the water depth to find where the squid are, go from top to bottom then back up, change retrieves from slow twitchy pauses to really aggressive flicks.

Dan is right, Long whippy rods will help absorb the sudden thrust of a squid better then a short fast tapered rod...

My setup is a 2500 Stradic CI4 with 8lb Emeraldas Braid and a Daiwa E-Gee Interline rod, all up about 600 bucks but worth every penny.

Edited by Ado, 30 November 2010 - 02:50 PM.

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#4 Beaker

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Posted 01 December 2010 - 12:08 AM

I would go the opposite, get a decent cheap setup, i run a 2500 daiwa, with a locally produced whippy rod, and 8Lb braid, setup was on special for $65. you don't need expensive rods and reels for squid, they honestly don't test your gear that much. Look for the quality cheaper setups, 2500 is definitely a nice lightly weighted starting point for a reel, and a 6-10Lb rod for that whippy feeling. The jig is not dependant on colour, as squid are colourblind! BUT they are not blind to shades of colour, go for something that looks natural, i prefer a white belly with a dark back. Harimitsu make a great jig, I'm still looking for a jig to surpass my little Hari battler.

The best thing you can do in my opinion is check out a few EGI videos on YOUTUBE. seriously, jigs count, but it's all in the action. Learn that, and you'll hit every squid that's in the area.
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#5 Goygoy

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Posted 06 December 2010 - 06:00 PM

Hi m8 i have been squiding since i was a young child. get your self some good jigs there are many colours so chose a few.
you are better off spending your money on jigs not rods and reels i have always used a handline $5 for K-mart then get some nice line

And off you go
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The trick to it is cast out as far as you can/ let it sink for a about 20 seconds (depends of the depth of water your in and the size of your jig) give it a few tugs and wind it in a bit
just keep repeating it until you have the jig out of the water or it starts to pull back meaning little squidy is on the end.

The best time is dusk to night or just before dawn to sunrise.

If you are in sydney try yowie bay near miranda. Or gymea bay baths. i have not been there for a while as i now have a boat.
Do a google search if you don't know where they are.

Hope that helps m8.
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#6 Rick158

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 02:58 PM

Don't think you need to spend big money on rod & reel combos for squid but it is worth getting something with good feel & spending a bit above the bargain basement stuff. For harbour/estuary wharf squidding, any half reasonable 2000 or 2500 size reel with a long cast spool will be fine. Try shakespeare Dimension (I use a model 5030 $60ish) or a browning Af620 (freebie from Modern fishing mag subscription a couple of years ago) with a graphite rod for feel. Have a shimano starlo-stix squidgy spin in 2-4kg (around $90-100ish) which is suberb for squid. Couple with braided line & a decent flurocarbon leader.

As far as the jigs are concerned: you can spend a fortune & have every colour possible but still come home without a feed. I've got 10 or more yo-zuris, yamashitas and when the squid aren't interested they can make a big difference. The cheap ebay rainbow colours will get you started and you will catch squid but they will only really be 'good' when the squid a feeding.

Check the youtube videos and practice jigging techniques, the right action on the jig makes a massive difference.

Have fun & happy squidding.

Rick
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